Music as Science or Art? by @carluis777
I am a musician, since I was a child I have been passionate about music, in my growth as a musician I have been able to observe the different perceptions, concepts and interpretations that music has for many people, today I would like to expose to all of you some perspectives that many have had of music throughout our history as humanity. There are two totally opposite currents when it comes to placing music within some concept, some say that music is scientific being closely linked to mathematical concepts.
"Music deals with sound numbers".
St. Augustine stated:
"Music is based on mathematical laws whose number governs the world of sound ".
In the Middle Ages music was considered and assigned within the same categories as arithmetic, geometry and astronomy.
Then, taking into account some fundamental theories of science such as Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, which indicates that:
Time is in the same dimension as space.
We could then say that a musician composer is merely an organizer of space and time. Music possesses a totally mental language having a writing system based on physics and mathematics.
Music as art could also be defined as an artistic and cultural manifestation, its purpose is to arouse an aesthetic experience in the listener, thus expressing emotions and feelings allowing a stimulus in the perceptive field of the individual. Objectively, music as art from the mind of every musician is considered to some extent the coherent combination of sounds and silences using the fundamental principles of melody, harmony and rhythm, that is to say, music is organized sonority, perceptible, coherent and meaningful formulation.
Todas aquellas definiciones que se le puedan adjudicar a la música parten desde lo cultural tomando en cuenta lo social e histórico, en este sentido permite diversas expresiones musicales surgiendo así múltiples definiciones que pueden ser válidas en el momento de expresar lo que se entiende como música, sin embargo, ninguna de estas definiciones se puede considerar como únicas, perfectas o absolutas.
Personally as a musician I cannot deny that music has deep physical concepts, in any aspect of it we will find its predominant scientific mark, from any score no matter its degree of complexity we will find mathematical principles, from the elaboration and construction of the instrument where the materials and the technique used for its manufacture are important, physics is present, even at the moment of being executed by the musicians producing sound waves in time and space, physics is present there. On the other hand, I cannot deny the artistic aspect of music, its inspiring feeling, its different emotional nuances that it causes in the listeners, even its spontaneous and bohemian feeling that it produces in the musicians.
In conclusion, music as an essence will always be acceptable its origin and essence from the scientific as well as its trajectory and artistic way of being.